Layered Basil-Roasted Red Pepper Spread

101  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 1 hr 15 min total
  • Makes 1-3/4 cups spread, or 14 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

The party dazzler. That's you, when you arrive on the scene with roasted red peppers and olives layered with a creamy herb spread.

Layered Basil-Roasted Red Pepper Spread Recipe


  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, divided
  • 5 pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1 tub (12 oz.) cream cheese spread
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers


  • Cut  star shape from 1 pepper using 1/2-inch cookie cutter or sharp knife; reserve for later use. Chop pepper trimmings and remaining peppers; combine with olives.
  • Use  pulsing action of blender to blend cream cheese spread, basil and garlic until smooth. Wash cream cheese tub; line with plastic wrap, with ends of wrap extending over side.
  • Spoon  1/2 cup cream cheese mixture into prepared tub; top with olive mixture and remaining cream cheese mixture. Press firmly into cup with back of spoon.
  • Refrigerate  1 hour.
  • Unmold  cheese spread onto plate; discard plastic wrap. Top cheese spread with nuts and reserved pepper star as shown in photo.
  • Serve  with the crackers.

Recipe Tips

SubstitutePrepare using reduced-fat cream cheese spread.

Serving SuggestionServe with your favorite crackers, such as WHEAT THINS Big Snacks or TRISCUIT Crackers, in addition to the RITZ Crackers. Makes 14 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread, and 11 WHEAT THINS Big Snacks or 6 TRISCUIT Crackers each.

Special ExtraFor a holiday flair, serve with RITZ Snowflake Crackers.


Nutrition Information

Makes 1-3/4 cups spread, or 14 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 150 
    • Total fat 11 g
    • Saturated fat 4.5 g
    • Cholesterol 15 mg
    • Sodium 260 mg
    • Carbohydrate 11 g
    • Dietary fiber 0 g
    • Total sugars 2 g
    •     Includes added sugars 1 g
    • Protein 2 g
    • Vitamin A 0 %DV
    • Vitamin C 2 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 4 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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